The program of the novitiate includes moments of both private and communal prayer, in-house and outside classes/workshops/seminars, fraternity, manual work, and other activities in line with the goals of this stage of formation. Thus the program includes:


Communal Prayer

Daily Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours, Common Meditation, Common Catholic Devotions, Adoration/Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The Rosary and the Franciscan Crown also feature during the week.


Private Prayer

Spiritual Reading, Solitude, Days of Recollection, Spiritual Direction, Personal Devotions and Meditation.


In-House Classes

Franciscan History, Franciscan Spirituality, Rule and Constitutions of the Order, Liturgical/Devotional/Contemplative Prayer, History of Consecrated Life, the Gospel Counsels.


Other Activities

Manual Labor which promotes the growth of the community, Outside Apostolates (Hospice, Prison, Hospital and Ministry of Presence), Workshops/Seminars on a variety of topics (Scripture, History of Provinces, Mariology, etc.), Fraternity and Recreation, and participation in the life of the diocese.

The Novitiate Program